S. Bear Bergman

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S. Bear Bergman
Born (1974-09-22) September 22, 1974 (age 40)
Occupation Writer
Theater artist
Language English
Nationality American
Period 2002–present
Subject LGBT
Notable works "Butch Is A Noun"
Spouse J Wallace[1]
Children 2
Website
www.sbearbergman.com

S. Bear Bergman (born September 22, 1974) is a trans man, author, poet, playwright, and theater artist whose gender identity is a main focus of his artwork.[2]

Biography[edit]

Bergman was educated at Concord Academy, was one of the founders of the first Gay–straight alliance[3] and a member of the Governor of Massachusetts' Safe Schools Commission for LGBT youth.[4] He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hampshire College in 1996.[5]

Bergman's first book, Butch Is A Noun, was released in September 2006 by Suspect Thoughts Press and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the GLBT Nonfiction category.[citation needed] A new edition was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2010. Bergman's second book, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, was released by Arsenal Pulp Press in the fall of 2009 and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Transgender category.[6] His most recent book for adults, co-edited with genderqueer author Kate Bornstein is Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, which won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Anthology category[7] and a special Judges Award from the Publishing Triangle.[8] He is also the author of two books for children (one of which, The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category[9]) and has a sixth book titled Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter published September 23, 2013 from Arsenal Pulp Press.

In addition, Bergman continues to lecture and perform solo shows at universities, festivals and theatres throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. These solo shows have received judges' awards at each of the last three the biennial National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival[10] in Columbus, Ohio, including Best of the Festival and Best New Work. In 2005, Bergman was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for playwriting, as well as a Millay Colony for the Arts Fellowship award.[11] He has also been given an assortment of honors for service to the transgender community, including The Spirit of Stonewall Award, the Trans 100[12] and similar.

Bergman lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is married to activist J Wallace. They have one son, Stanley.[13]

Books[edit]

Solo theater performances[edit]

  • Machatunim
  • The Virginity Lost & Found
  • Monday Night in Westerbork
  • Clearly Marked
  • You'll Never Piss In This Town Again
  • Ex Post Papa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Writing
  2. ^ "My Conversation With Customs/Immigration Upon Returning To Canada Today (Unedited)". S Bear Bergman's blog. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Standing Out, Standing Together: The Social and Political Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances. Miceli, Melinda. NYC, 2005. Routlege
  4. ^ Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Breaking the Silence in Schools and in Families: Education Report The Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, February 25, 1993
  5. ^ Graduates of Hampshire College/Alumni of Hampshire College; Graduates of Note (48 Items). Ranker.com (June 15, 2012).
  6. ^ "22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Publishing Triangle 2011 Awards". 
  9. ^ "25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced!". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Award Winners Of The 2004 Festival. Columbustheatrefestival.com.
  11. ^ Writers. Millay Colony.
  12. ^ "100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know". 
  13. ^ "Small Person Acquisition Project". CBC News. 

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